Sun Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

May 19, 2006

NATIONAL

Hayden defends spy program

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, nominated as CIA director, staunchly defended the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program, telling senators considering his confirmation yesterday that he believes the effort is legal and carefully crafted to protect civil liberties. pg 1a

English-language bill OK'd

English would be declared the national language of the United States under a measure the Senate approved, a largely symbolic move that supporters said would promote unity and encourage assimilation by immigrants. pg 3a

MARYLAND

Waterfront project to begin

After years of false starts, construction is set to begin this summer on Harbor Point, the long-contaminated former site of a chromium plant and the largest undeveloped tract on the Inner Harbor. pg 1a

Ehrlich assailed over IRS probe

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Democratic rivals accused the governor yesterday of using his influence as a member of Congress to urge the Internal Revenue Service to investigate whether the NAACP engaged in political activism and violated its tax-exempt status. pg 1b

SPORTS

Dutch sailor dies in Volvo

Hans Horrevoets died early yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean after he was swept overboard on ABN Amro Two in the Volvo Ocean Race. Horrevoets, a 32-year-old from the Netherlands, was the oldest crew member on the second Dutch entry in the seven-boat, around-the-world race. pg 1f

SafeNet target of inquiries

SafeNet Inc., a Belcamp-based network security company, said yesterday that it received a federal subpoena involving its stock options as well as an informal inquiry by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. pg 1e

Coopers Camera acquired

A loyal clientele wasn't enough to keep Coopers Camera Mart, a longtime Baltimore-area photography business, from selling to Beltsville-based Penn Camera during a time of major change in the industry. pg 1e

WORLD

Taliban fight fierce battles

Taliban guerrillas fought Afghan police and U.S. and Canadian troops in some of southern Afghanistan's fiercest battles since U.S.-led forces ousted the Islamic militant movement from power in 2001. pg 12a

5 Americans killed in Iraq

Four American soldiers and a sailor were killed over the past two days in Iraq, the U.S. military announced, the latest in a series of stepped-up attacks over the past two months. pg 12a

TODAY

`Hedge' is fun for all ages

Over the Hedge, the first animated release from the marriage of DreamWorks and Paramount, is great fun for young and old. pg 1c

`Valley' recalls great Westerns

Down in the Valley, starring Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood, harks back to the great Westerns while at the same time adding its own note of authenticity. pg 1c

"CIA needs to get out of the news - as source or subject - and focus on protecting the American people."

Gen. Michael V. Hayden, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Article, pg 1a

Alexa Ray Joel is following in the footsteps of her dad, singer Billy Joel. She performs Sunday at the Hard Rock CafM-i in Baltimore.

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Wednesday

Ethnic festivals

Baltimore's ethnic festivals are an affirmation of the city's savory stew of food traditions.

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Energy rates

Look for contining coverage of the energy rate issue and Jay Hancock's Electric Shock blog. www.baltimoresun. com/bge

Movie Search

Find stories, photos and more about the film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" and the controversy surrounding it. www.baltimoresun. com/davincicode

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